Two Haitians and one Jamaican had their day in court recently, when officers from the local Immigration Department charged the trio with various offences, relating to the Immigration Act.
The Haitian duo were arraigned on Thursday (March 7) before Magistrate Charlton Smith with being in breach of the Immigration Act.
According to reports, Immigration Officer Napthali Cooper, confirming reports, said that Jerome Esperance, 53, appeared before Magistrate Smith and was charged with Harbouring an illegal person.
Particulars revealed that Esperance had an illegal female Haitian immigrant, Ivania Oblibrice, at his dwelling place at #128 Redwood Lane with deliberate intent to evade arrest by Immigration officers.
Esperance, who is married to a Bahamian citizen and is the holder of a Bahamas Immigration issued Resident Spouse Permit, pled guilty and was ordered to pay $2,000 or in default serve two months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Service (BDCS).
Oblibrice, 36, who was charged by Immigration for Illegal Landing also pled guilty and was fined $300 or in default serve two months at BDCS.
The day before, Wednesday, March 6, Jamaican national Claudia Ricketts, 49, was arrested by Immigration officers and taken to Freeport Magistrate’s court #2, where she was charged with Overstaying.
According to information, Ricketts initially entered The Bahamas legally from Jamaica on November 2, 2018 for a period of five days; however, she was granted an extension which expired on November 21, 2018.
Ricketts pled guilty to the charge and Magistrate Smith ordered her to pay $1,800 and gave her a default sentence of 18 months.
The three accused paid their fines and were turned over to the Immigration officers, who are expected to expedite their departure from The Bahamas.
These matters took place just days after local Immigration officers apprehended a group of 17 immigrants of various nationalities on Sunday (March 3) afternoon. The group comprised of seven adult females – two Chinese, one Colombian and four Haitian females; six adult Haitian males and four minor males who are also Haitians.
That group has since been charged before the courts and transported to the Detention Centre, in the capital.